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Andrea // San Francisco, CA

Spent the last week in the Bay Area and had some time to look deep inside myself. Questioning why I do this. Questioning what I want to shoot. What are the elements that keep me moving foward.

I realized I’ve been holding back.

Over the last year, I’ve tried to create a little bit of everything for everyone. We all do it. We love the pats on the back, the Facebook “like”, the retweet. It’s human nature to want to appeal to everyone.

Then I had an epiphany – hoping everyone will “get” what I do will only water down my work. Pleasing everyone isn’t success. Success is connecting on a deeper level with the people I’m blessed to work with. Getting to know them. Bringing out the magic inside that they uniquely possess. So from here on out I’m all in to being as real as I can. Shooting exactly what I want to shoot and actively seeking out the people I want to work with.

It boils down to this. Every shoot/client/person you work with is simply choosing a path. This isn’t some corny reference to Robert Frost either. You’re choosing a direction that will show the world your vision. As photographers we have an opportunity to define ourselves before others do. Think for a second how powerful that is. Now go figure out what you’re going to do with it.

//END RANT//

Last week I connected with Andrea through Instagram. We decided to do a little exploring/shooting one evening in San Francisco. Andrea thank you so much for being so amazing to work with and best of luck in your upcoming adventure to Australia. Keep chasing those dreams.

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Sara Byrne - September 17, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Christian – amazing photos & thoughts. <3

Wyn Wiley - September 17, 2013 - 7:14 pm

pat on the back for this one.

Savannah Lauren Shealy - September 17, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Amazing.

Ryan Timothy Nuckolls - September 17, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Awesome stuff. Inspiring message and beauty.

Tyler Ray - September 17, 2013 - 7:29 pm

I’ve only been in the biz for a little while but I struggle with “want to appeal to everyone” every. single. shoot. “You’re choosing a direction that will show the world your vision. As photographers we have an opportunity to define ourselves before others do,” love it.